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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Kay Ivey agreed on Monday to lease two mammoth prisons as a partial solution to the state’s troubled correction system, over the objections of some legislators and advocates who warn that her $3 billion plan won’t resolve chronic violence and severe understaffing woes.


Alabama has about six weeks to spend almost $1 billion in remaining coronavirus relief funds or the money will revert to Washington, D.C., prompting concerns from advocacy groups that the state will leave money on the table that could be used to help hurting Alabamians.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday criticized legislators for taking control of the state's coronavirus relief money and threatened to delay a needed special session until they disclose their plans "down to the penny."